Verhulst, Johannes Josephus Herman

1816-1891

 

Born at The Hague and received his musical education at the Royal School of Music. While quite young he was appointed violinist in the orchestra of the French Opera under Charles Haussen. Mendelssohn's attention was attracted to his work and he invited him to come to Leipsic. This visit was postponed on account of Mendelssohn's marriage and absence, and in the meantime Verhulst Studied at Cologne under Joseph Klein. He went to Leipsic in 1838, and Mendelssohn was so pleased with him that he recommended him for the position of conductor of the Euterpe concerts. After a six years' absence he returned to The Hague, where the King decorated him with the order of the Lion and made him Court director. He became famous as a conductor and led many famous societies and concert organizations in the Netherlands. While in Germany he and Schumann became firm friends. In 1886 he retired to private life. His compositions include symphonies; overtures; quartets for strings; and many sacred works, among which is a requiem for male voices; songs; and part-songs.